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  This Month In Classical Coin News
 
March 22, 2013

CICF Auction (April 18-19 & 22-23)
Weekly World & Ancients Auctions
Pompeia's Pick
What Happened In Ancient March?
Consignments Wanted
Get The Collector's Handbook For Your Kindle
Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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March is well underway, spring has officially arrived, and the Ancient Coin season is warming up. Accordingly, here is the March edition (better late than never!) of Heritage Auctions' Classical Coin News.

  Upcoming Auctions

CICF Auction (April 18-19 & 22-23)

The CICF in Rosemont, IL is one of the top shows of the year for ancients, and our CICF Auction accordingly features nearly 700 lots of Greek, Roman, Judaean, and Byzantine coins in all price ranges from $300 to $30,000 and up. This is part of a huge offering of nearly 6,000 lots of World and Ancient coins with combined estimates of about $10 million, easily our biggest CICF auction ever! Ancients will be sold in Session 3 of the sale, on Friday, April 19 starting at 11 AM CT.

Here are a few highlights of the Ancients portion of the CICF Auction:

Greek Highlights

Rare Archaic Velia stater
Rare Archaic Velia stater
Nicely toned Syracuse tetradrachm
Nicely toned Syracuse tetradrachm
Attractive Siculo-Punic tetradrachm
Attractive Siculo-Punic tetradrachm
Possible Scipio Africanus portrait bronze
Possible Scipio Africanus portrait bronze
Magnificent Chalcidian League tetradrachm
Magnificent Chalcidian League tetradrachm
Rare Prusias I portrait tetradrachm
Rare Prusias I portrait tetradrachm
Nearly perfect early Lydian electrum trite
Nearly perfect early Lydian electrum trite
Superb Croesus gold sixth stater
Superb Croesus gold sixth stater
Cilician stater showing Aphrodite gambling
Cilician stater showing Aphrodite gambling
Beautiful late Ptolemaic gold mnaieion
Beautiful late Ptolemaic gold mnaieion
Amazing Bactrian tetradrachm of Demetrius I
Amazing Bactrian tetradrachm of Demetrius I
Choice AU Bactrian tetradrachm of Eucratides I
Choice AU Bactrian tetradrachm of Eucratides I

Judaean Highlights

Rare Jewish War Year 5 shekel
Rare Jewish War Year 5 shekel
Exceptional Year 1 Bark Kokhba large bronze
Exceptional Year 1 Bark Kokhba large bronze

Roman Highlights

Choice denarius of Gnaeus Pompey
Choice denarius of Gnaeus Pompey
Rare Augustus aureus
Rare Augustus aureus
Handsome Caligula as
Handsome Caligula as
Titus gold aureus, ex-Huntington/American Hispanic Society Collection
Titus gold aureus, ex-Huntington/American Hispanic Society Collection
Outstanding Domitian as Caesar aureus
Outstanding Domitian as Caesar aureus
Magnificent Marcus Aurelius as Caesar sestertius
Magnificent Marcus Aurelius as Caesar sestertius
Fabulous Geta sestertius
Fabulous Geta sestertius
Rare Majorian gold tremissis
Rare Majorian gold tremissis

Byzantine Highlights

Rare Justinian II early Christ portrait gold Semissis
Rare Justinian II early Christ portrait gold Semissis
Attractive Irene and Constantine VI gold solidus
Attractive Irene and Constantine VI gold solidus
Lovely Basil II gold histamenon
Lovely Basil II gold histamenon

Be sure to carefully look through the Internet-only "Non Floor Session" as well!

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Weekly World & Ancients Auctions

Our next several Weekly auctions will feature 15-20 Ancient coins in each week-long session. Auctions open on Thursday and run for one week only, closing the following Thursday at 10 PM CT. This is a diverse offering of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in all metals with estimates ranging from under $100 to $1,000 and more. Take a look at what we have in this week's auction

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  February Events

Pompeia's Pick
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Bronze Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII

Bronze Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII
Bronze Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII
Cleopatra VII (51-30 BC). Æ 80 drachmae (27mm, 17.89 gm, 11h). Alexandria, ca. 50-40 BC. Diademed, draped bust of Cleopatra VII right / &#922&#923&#917OΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΣΗΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopia before; in right field, Π (80). Svoronos 1872Λ. Copenhagen 419-21. With a remarkably youthful and attractive portrait of Cleopatra, suggesting it was struck fairly early in her reign. Dark green patina with earthen fields, accentuating details. Choice Extremely Fine / Very Fine. Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000.

Most numismatic portraits of Cleopatra VII Thea Notera ("New Goddess"), last Egyptian ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty and perhaps the most famous woman in all history aside from the Virgin Mary, have a tendency to make one wonder what the fuss was all about. How could any woman with so ferocious a nose and chin have so utterly captivated two of the most powerful Roman men of her age, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and have gone down in history as a legendary beauty and seductress?

While some Classical historians are at pains to note that Cleopatra's looks were, in Plutarch's words, "not altogether incomparable," nowhere does anyone suggest that she was anything less than pleasing to gaze upon. Cassius Dio even states, "she was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking; she also possessed a most charming voice and a knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone." Yet the profile shown on many silver coins of Cleopatra (usually paired with her pet Roman Mark Antony) show a creature with a great hooked beak of a nose and a chin that could open tin cans, looking more like Margaret Hamilton than Liz Taylor.

The few surviving portrait busts that can definitely be attributed to Cleopatra are rather noncommittal on the matter of her beauty, since all but a few are bereft of that key feature, the nose, and perhaps the most famous one, the "Berlin Cleopatra" in the Altes Museum, has, according to some experts, been so extensively reworked in Renaissance times as to be untrustworthy. But the key phrase may be Dio's almost offhand remark that she was "most striking" when she was "in the prime of her youth."

The coin offered here, a bronze 80 drachm coin probably struck close to the outset of her reign in 50-48 BC, bears a soft, attractive profile that closely matches the Berlin bust: The nose, while prominent, is straight and rounded, and the chin, while strong, is likewise nicely contoured. Her cheek is full, implying youth, and her "melon" hairstyle bound with a broad diadem are almost exact duplicates of the Berlin bust, suggesting that this was an "official" effigy carved near the outset of her reign that served as a model for the die engravers at the royal mint. This young, nubile Cleopatra (aged 20-21) is the one who so enchanted Julius Caesar in 48 BC by having herself smuggled into his quarters wrapped in a Persian rug. She reportedly took extraordinary steps to retain the bloom of youth (she wrote a handbook on the proper use of cosmetics that became a best seller among women of antiquity) and likely retained enough "pull-chritude" to draw Mark Antony into her orbit when they met in Tarsus in 41 BC (knowing Antony's randy nature, though, she took no chances and met him on a royal barge stuffed to the gunnels with beautiful, scantily-dressed serving girls and all manner of other earthly delights).

The familiar "witchy" coin portraits that came later (36-30 BC) are probably the result of two factors: (1) Despite her best efforts, as happens to us all, Cleopatra's features tended to "harden" with age and the burdens of trying to keep her kingdom's independence against a ravenous Rome, and (2) the Roman and Syrian die engravers employed to produce her silver denarii and tetradrachms were far less sympathetic to the Egyptian queen and, secretly or otherwise, viewed her as a power-grasping harridan, which tended to color their depictions of her. There was also likely a conscious effort to make her resemble her "husband" Mark Antony. Nevertheless, our bronze from early in her reign confirms Dio's assessment of her as a "looker" and also refutes conjecture that the Berlin bust of Cleopatra is somehow untrustworthy due to attempts at restoration.

The Bronze Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII will be offered in our April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction.

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What Happened In Ancient March?

March 15, 44 BC: Julius Caesar is struck down at the start of a Senate session by a cabal of Senators led by Q. Caepio (ne Marcus Junius) Brutus and Q. Cassius Longinus. The avowed goal of the assassins was to save the Roman Republic; however the brutal murder plunged the Roman world into a decade and a half of civil war that only ended in the very one-man rule Caesar's killers sought to avoid.
March 17, 45 BC: Julius Caesar victorious at Munda, Spain, against Gnaeus Pompey and surviving Senatorial supporters.
March 17, AD 180: Death of Marcus Aurelius.
March 17, AD 461: Death of Patricius, Christian Roman evangelist to Hibernia, later canonized as Saint Patrick.
March 18, AD 37: Gaius 'Caligula' acclaimed Emperor by the Senate.
March 18, AD 235: Emperor Severus Alexander assassinated, bringing the Severan Dynasty (and the Pax Romana) to an end.
March 20, 43 BC: Poet Ovid born.
March 20, AD 268: Assassination of Emperor Gallienus.
March 24: Dies Sanguinis, "Day of Blood," an annual festival of the Great Goddess Cybele, and possibly the precursor of Good Friday.
March 27, 47 BC: Julius Caesar victorious at Alexandria; Ptolemy XIII drowns and his sister Cleopatra is made sole Queen of Egypt.

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  Consignments Wanted

As you can see from our recent track record, Heritage Ancients is really starting to achieve some amazing results! If you have any thought of selling your collection, there is no better time than the present and no better venue than Heritage! Our rates are highly competitive and we offer top-notch cataloguing, exceptional photography and production values, an incomparable database of more than 800,000 potential buyers, and a matchless promotions / PR department that will make sure everyone knows about your collection. Please contact Dave Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins, via email at DMichaels@HA.com or phone at (310) 492-8615.

Until next month!

Veritas et vita,

David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
DMichaels@HA.com
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606

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  Announcements

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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson Square. If you have an good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.

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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
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  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
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  Around Heritage

1942 Casablanca six sheet, one of two known, tops Movie Poster event

CasablancaA magnificent and massive Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1942) six sheet (81" X 81") large format movie poster, one of just two copies known, is expected to bring $60,000+ when it comes across the auction block as the centerpiece of Heritage Auction's March 23-24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction.

"There are few films as beloved as Casablanca," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions, "and few titles that collectors covet more. Given the status of the film and the rarity of this particular poster — there is only one other known to exist — and you have the makings of something special."

Tarzan the Ape Man (MGM, 1932). One SheetAnother rarity that is just one of two copies known, and should also prove exceedingly popular with collectors is the one sheet for MGM's 1932 classic Tarzan the Ape Man, by far the rarest Tarzan poster known. Tarzan the Ape Man also represents the first film that starred Johnny Weissmuller in the title role that would go on to become his most famous. The poster is expected to bring $25,000+.

There are few films as equally controversial and influential as D.W. Griffith's 1915 classic silent drama Birth of a Nation (Epoch Producing, 1915) — known for its epic scope, top notch acting and overtly racist themes — and a one sheet poster in the auction, in very fine condition, is expected to capture bidder's attention to the tune of $20,000+.

The Birth of a Nation (Epoch Producing,1915). One Sheet"Whatever your feelings may or may not be about Birth of a Nation, there is no denying its cinematic heft," said Smith. "As such, collectors go after available copies of the poster with verve when they show up. In condition this fine, I would expect them to double their efforts to obtain it; there's no telling when a copy as nice as this will show up again."

For animation and Disney collectors, Heritage is offering an extremely rare Mickey Mouse one sheet from 1932 — the first release under the United Artists banner. It was United Artists that gave Walt Disney the freedom and money he wanted and sent him on his way to creating one of the biggest and best loved brands in history. It is expected to bring $15,000.

Also, up for auction the very first time, an incredible 1938 reissue King Kong (RKO, R-1938) one sheet, much rarer than the original poster to the film, and the only copy known to exist, carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000+.

More information about Movie Posters auctions.

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Doodle for Hunger

Doodle for Hunger"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online auction of original signed works of art by comic and illustration artists. These artists put their creative skills to good use by doodling to support St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events for those in need. Each location has customized its program according to the needs of the local community.

JOHN REINER, BUNNY HOEST
John Reiner and Bunny Hoest
Matthew Van Fleet
Matthew Van Fleet
Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Working together with the staff and volunteers at various locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers, and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.

The auction is offered on the internet only. Bidding will open March 24 at 10 PM CT and will close Friday April 14 at 10 PM CT. For more information, contact Jeri Carroll, 800.872.6476 x1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

Stephan Pastis
Stephan Pastis
Jan Eliot
Jan Eliot
Dan Reynolds
Dan Reynolds
Shannon Stirnweis
Shannon Stirnweis
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson
Jerry Scott
Jerry Scott

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Heritage Auctions' Estate Event Achieves $2.3+ Million

intricate silver presentation frame holding a signed photograph from the Days of the RajAn intricate silver presentation frame holding a signed photograph from the Days of the Raj brought six times its pre-auction estimate to reach $46,875, leading Heritage Auctions' two-day, $2.3+ million Estate Auction of fine art and collectibles, Feb. 23-24. The eclectic array was offered across three sessions, including one devoted to the second annual Gentlemen Collector Auction and the Brent Hyder Charitable and Education Fund collection, which brought a record crowd.

"The amount of online bidders set in-house records, but we also worked hard to invite the local community in and we succeeded — our floor was standing room only," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. "We also saw a good bit of interest from beginning collectors, who are realizing that auctions are approachable and include material in all price points."

The auction saw intense biding interest for fine European furniture and decorative arts, such as a pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs, which sold for $43,750, a circa 1870 French walnut and gilt bronze coffee table, featuring nine porcelain plaques, that brought three times its pre-auction estimate to reach $22,500, and a circa 1815 J & W Cary George III terrestrial globe, which sold for $21,250. A circa 1900 French Louis XVI-style mahogany satinwood and gilt bronze sideboard realized for $20,000.

PAIR OF GEORGE III-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY LIBRARY ARMCHAIRSNumerous decorative arts far exceeded their pre-auction estimates, with a marble bust titled Proserpine after Hiram Powers (American, 1805-1873) fetching $18,750 and a Meissen porcelain figural group: Hunter on Horseback with Dogs achieving $18,125, while an American Queen Anne maple tray top tea table, offered by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, bringing $16,250.

MONTBLANC: QING DYNASTY PRECIOUS FOUNTAIN PEN LIMITED EDITION 8Auctioneer Nick Dawes disbursed 350 hand-selected lots in a little over four hours to a total of nearly $770,000 as part of Heritage's second annual Gentleman Collector auction. Highlights include a selection of fine writing instruments as a Montblanc Qing Dynasty Precious Fountain Pen Limited Edition 8 sold for $22,500. A collection dedicated to the history of hot air ballooning was highlighted by a rare French brass and wood pendulum clock in the form a balloonist, which realized $16,250. Gentleman Collector also featured a live steam model of a Victorian shunting engine, which crossed the block for $15,625, as well as a Mark Al Harris hand built motorized model of a 1933-36 Bugatti model race car, which received hundreds of bids and sold on the phone against a collector in the room at $13,750.

Strong bidder interest for silver overlay drove prices well beyond estimate, with a circa 1900 Alvin overlaid green baluster form glass vase selling for $6,250, an American glass vase with overlay, bringing $4,375 and a Quezal glass vase with overlay fetching $4,062.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183
March 21 - 22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas #1183
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April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #3024
April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #3024
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131313
Closes March 24
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131313
Closes March 26
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241313
Closes March 28
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231313
Closes March 28
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141313
Closes March 26
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Other Signature Auctions
March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132 March 23 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas #5132
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March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072 March 23 - 24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction - Dallas #7072
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March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143 March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143
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March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074
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April 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - New York #6094 April 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - New York #6094
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April 11 Manuscripts Signature Auction - New York #6093 April 11 Manuscripts Signature Auction - New York #6093
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April 11 - 12 Beverly Hills Signature Illustration Art Auction #5126 April 11 - 12 Beverly Hills Signature Illustration Art Auction #5126
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121312
Closes March 24
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151312
Closes March 24
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171313
Closes March 26
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251313
Closes March 26
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201313
Closes March 28
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